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April 20, 2016

We've lost one of our own

Charlie Floyd was one of us, and our collective heart is hurting.

Charlie was much too young to die, and was at the center of a beautiful young family. He was a nice-looking kid with a disarming smile, he gave selflessly to his community as a firefighter, and he was a passionate racer. | Sidebar | Story

You might be thinking of that tired adage that people use to console themselves at times like this: “Well, at least Charlie died doing something he loved.” You know, at the moment that’s just MORE

March 25, 2015

An enigma, a treasure

Jim DenHamer

I’m so glad we did that book.

That was one of my first thoughts on Monday morning when I learned that Earl Baltes had passed. In 2004, Earl and I collaborated on his autobiography, “EARL!” As I struggled to grasp the reality of his passing I immediately drew back on some delightful moments we spent together during the writing process a decade ago. | More on Earl Baltes

Earl was, to put it mildly, a man of many dimensions. Creative, brash, egocentric, funny, kind, outgoing, brilliant, humble, MORE

February 3, 2015

Escape from winter


It’s a harsh reality.

Racers throughout middle America and the Northeast have noticed something that happens with unfailing consistency: winter. By February much of the nation is locked into a deep freeze, making outdoor racing an impossible notion. | Complete Speedweeks coverage

There was a time when racers spent the winter indoors, leisurely working on their stuff and counting the days until spring. The idea of racing in February was farfetched to say the least, so competitors and fans simply MORE